Friday, April 18, 2014

New Release: Hypnotized by Lacey Wolfe

A new adult romance by Lacey Wolfe
I’m discovering who I am in this world. Venturing out on my own, away from my parents, and finding out what life is really all about. College isn’t as easy as I thought it would be, especially with my best friend Evan becoming someone I hardly recognize.
But then I met Gabe. He changed everything. My life will never be the same.
I lived my life day to day, waiting for something great to happen. 
Then she walked into the coffee house, with her long legs and killer smile. I had to know her. Nothing was going to stop me. She hypnotized me from the moment I laid eyes on her.
And after the first kiss, my fate was sealed to Paisley.

Content Warning: This book is recommended for ages 17 and up. Adult situations, including sex, underage drinking, and drugs will be found within these pages.

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Kristy and I found ourselves a corner. I sipped a little more of my beer, finally getting the bottle a little more than halfway gone. Nursing the drink probably wasn’t the best idea, but as long as I kept this in my hand, I didn’t feel like such a loser. Maybe my friends were right. It was time to quit taking the easy route. I needed to have fun.
Who is that hot guy? I think he’s checking you out.” Kristy poked my side.
I followed her gaze. Gabe.
Go talk to him.” She pushed me.
I, uh, I already did.”
Her eyes lit up. “Seriously? Well, who is he?”
I shrugged. “I met him before work at a coffee shop. He stared at me the whole time. Then tonight, when he got here, he watched me like he is now.” I should feel self conscious, but I didn’t. “As I waited for you, he came and talked to me, but Evan chased him away. To be honest, he’s freaking me out a little.” Kind of, but he intrigued me so much more.
He can’t keep his eyes off of you.”
She was right. Even as he spoke to the guy with him, his eyes never left me. My heart raced. I honestly didn’t know what to think. It wasn’t like I’d never dated before. I’d had a few boyfriends in high school, but nothing serious.
Go talk to him,” Kristy pressed.
Who?” Evan showed up at just the right time. Go figure.
No one,” I said quickly.
She’s being silly. That guy.” Kristy pointed. Great, now he knew we were talking about him.
She needs to stay away from him.” Evan put his arm around me again, only now he put a little more weight against me. If I didn’t think he’d fall, I’d have moved.
Kristy stared at Evan’s arm a moment then asked, “Why? He’s hot.”
I don’t know. But my roommate says he’s trouble.”
Of course he was. He parked his bike wherever he wanted. “I need to use the restroom. Hold my drink.” I handed it to Kristy.
I wandered around the house. It was two stories, surely they had a restroom down here, but I didn’t find one. I headed up the creaky stairs. Sounds of groaning welcomed me at the top, making me giggle. Some people were having a lot of fun.
After using the restroom, I checked my appearance in the mirror. I turned by head back and forth. Maybe I did need to let my hair down. Tugging the elastic out, I let my long locks fall over my shoulder. I fluffed it with my fingers. The crease wasn’t so bad, and besides, more than half the people here were drunk. They weren’t going to care how my hair appeared.
I left the bathroom and stopped in my tracks. Leaning against the opposite wall was Gabe.
Uh, hey again.” I grinned awkwardly.
Having a good time?”
I guess.”
A girl walked up wobbly, holding the wall the whole way. She pushed me out of the way, slamming the bathroom door. Now I stood close to him. Near enough I could touch him if I wanted.
You sure that guy isn’t your boyfriend?”
I nodded. “Positive.”
He comes across like he is.” His blue eyes bore in to mine.
Well, he isn’t. Why would I lie?”
He shrugged. “Walk with me.”
I glanced around. We were upstairs, and there wasn’t anywhere to go. I knew once I went down stairs and Evan saw, he’d stop us. “It’s not a good idea.”
I leaned closer to him, inhaling his intoxicating scent and said, “From what I hear, I should stay away from you.”
He chuckled. “Is that so? And what do you think?”
I think I should see where he wants to take me, but I didn’t say that. “I don’t know you.”
Then get to know me. Come on. One little walk. What could go wrong?”
The bathroom door opened and the drunk girl reemerged. “Awesome party!”
I laughed and watched as she concentrated on walking. Poor girl. I hoped she made it down the stairs.
So?” He raised an eyebrow.
It was tempting. Take a walk with him, talk, get to know him, and find out why everyone thought he was trouble. “I think I’m going to pass.”
The cutest smirk I’d ever seen appeared on his face. “Paisley, you’re really going to make me work, aren’t you?”
The sound of my name on his lips was like music. “How did you know my name?” That was stupid, he could’ve asked someone.
From the coffee shop when you got a drink.”
Oh, yeah.”
He reached out and brushed a lock of hair from my face. My breath caught when his fingers lightly touched my skin, and I swear every nerve was on end.
I like a good challenge.” He walked away, leaving me standing there, speechless.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review:  Paisley is a shy girl, not in the party scene and just turned 18. She's just learning to spread her wings, get her own place, and live a little. Her best friend Evan has had his highs and lows, and her friend Kristy keeps convincing her to liven up a little and party....

Hypnotized is the story of first loves. Paisley is a good character, and there were many ways I could see a younger version of myself in her. I like that she doesn't fully give into the pressure of parties and other things.  

She meets Gabe, who seems to have a bit of a reputation, but as we learn more about him, readers see that he's so much more. He helps Paisley to "live a little" but not in a crazy way. At first, they try to stay away from the other, but stronger feelings take over.

Hypnotized is about first loves, finding yourself, and new chances. It's light, easy, and flows well and just what I needed. I do hope there's more stories coming within these characters so we can learn about the secondary characters that played a role in this book. 

About Lacey Wolfe
Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. From the time she was a child she would slip away to write short stories about people she knew and fantasies she wished would happen. It has always been her dream to be a published author and with her two children now of school age, she finally has the time to work on making her dream come true.

Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their six cats and one black lab who rules the house.

You can find Lacey at the following places:
Website / The Wolfe Pack Group / Facebook / Facebook Page / Twitter / Pinterest

Thursday, April 17, 2014

VBT: Interview and Review: Line Drive

I love bringing new authors on the blog, and today, I have a debut author for you all. Please help me welcome Erin Lindsey Maurer to the blog for an interview, and I'm reviewing her very first book, Line Drive. Show some love y'all!

Tell me about yourself, and your writing.

As much as I love to talk, I never really like to talk about myself. I've been making up stories my entire life. I used to write books to read to my brother while I forced him to play school. In high school and college, I mostly stuck to poetry. I had a block on writing a book for the longest time, even though it was a dream.

Outside of writing, I'm a nanny and avid crocheter. I'm a furkid mom to a rascally poodle-mix named Jordan, three cats: Ziggy, Spencer and Luna and a guinea pig named Dexter. I love country music, Motown, Oldies and classic rock. I dream of being a good gardener. I want to become a teacher. My wife and I are also in the process of launching a line of custom dog treats.

How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres?

I know I learned how to read when I four. I imagine the writing started not too long after that.  I honestly can't remember a time in my life when I didn't write. I have dreamed of publishing a book for the longest time, but I couldn't get past my own mental block. Last year, I finally just started writing. Line Drive  is my first sports romance, and the first in my Philadelphia Liberty series.

Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?

Right now, I've only written sports romance. However, I do have plans for a historical romance series. I'd love to write paranormal, but I'm not sure I can do it justice. No matter what the future holds, I'm sure my stories will also have a love story.

Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?

I try to come up with a rough outline. From there, I let the characters tell me their stories. So, I guess a little of both.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

There is no typical day. I have a full-time nanny job that tends to dictate my schedule. Sometimes, I start my mornings off at a cafe, sipping chai tea and writing in my notebook. Other times, my laptop and I spend hours curled up in my favorite recliner, with a blanket of course.

Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?

So many, I rarely meet a love story I don't like. Currently, I'm filling my Kindle with Karpov Kinrade, Patti Larsen, S.L. Scott, Daisy Prescott, Jami Davenport, Nikki Worrell, Edie Ramer, Brenda Novak, and Zoe Dawson. I'm also highly anticipating the second release from Tasman Gibb.

What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

Continue to grow the Philadelphia Liberty series. Hopefully launch my Liberty Belles series.

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

I always say my X-men power is the ability to know the words to songs I haven't heard before. But, I think it would be awesome to be a shapeshifter...or a witch.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?

Hmmmmm....I don't think anyone has ever asked me this before. I always wanted an owl, a la Harry Potter. A talking cat would be too much fun.

Tell us a little about your latest release.

Line Drive is the first installment in the Philadelphia Liberty series. This story follows Mattie Duvall, the Liberty's new outfielder, as he tumbles into love with Ashlynn Davis. Mattie is under a lot of pressure, with duties to the team, his past and his family's bakery pulling him in multiple directions. Ashlynn is on the brink of making her dreams come true and not really looking for love. Still, it smacks them and won't let go. Can the two overcome their own baggage in order to hold on to happiness?

What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members) I'm counting my furkids as family members, so...Yarn. I'm crochet-obsessed.

Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?

I would love to have Patti Larsen help me craft a witchy world.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

Hmmm...probably Martin Luther King, Jr. I have an obsession with the Civil Rights Movement. I just don't understand why it had to be a movement at all. Shouldn't basic rights be guaranteed to every human? I'd love to pick his brain.

What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing?

Crochet, photography, hiking, baking and always READING.

What is something you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet. Why not?

Get my teaching certification. I'm slowly working on checking off my bucket list, making my dreams come true. I plan on going to speak to some local colleges this summer to find out how to become a teacher.

If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?

Brenda Novak's Whiskey Creek series would make excellent movies. So would Daisy Prescott's Geoducks are for Lovers and Ready to Fall.

What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?

Musicality or athletic ability. I'm tone deaf and a total klutz.

             Favorite color?

Green, with purple a close second.

Weather: Hot or cold?

Cold. My wife always tells me I'm like Linus. I'm not comfortable unless I am curled up under a blanket. I prefer a little chill in the air to make the blanket necessary.

Favorite place to read?

My bed.

Favorite meal

Fresh fajitas and margaritas.

Favorite non-alcoholic drink.

Chai Tea

If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?

Hogwarts. But as far as the real world, I want to explore all 50 states and the British Isles.

Line Drive  
A Philadelphia Liberty Romance
By: Erin Lindsey Maurer

Mattie Duvall is just starting to rediscover his dreams. Signing with the minor league Philadelphia Liberty gives him a second shot at playing professional baseball. What he didn’t expect was to fall for the cider-haired pixie haunting his dreams. Ashlynn Davis isn’t looking for love. She’s busy chasing down her own big dream: finding a way to use her cooking skills to give back to Philadelphia’s less fortunate. The two cannot deny their mutual attraction, or that they’re heading rapidly towards that four letter word they thought they’d never say: LOVE. When secrets from Mattie’s past bubble to the surface, Ashlynn begins to question her position in his life. Can the two put the past behind them in time to race toward a future together? Or is love destined to play second fiddle to big dreams and even bigger secrets?

Review Rating:  4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: Sometimes, dreams come true later in life. You might have to go through hell and back to find them, but when they happen at the time they do, maybe it's for a reason.

Mattie's dreams are finally becoming a reality. What he doesn't realize is another thing hidden behind his dream- finding love. Something he's been closed off to for years after a painful event in his past. But Ashlynn does things to him in ways he never imagined. A friendship blossoms and turns into something more.  But when it's time to face the past, what happens? Is love going to be enough?

Line Drive is a reader's introduction to debut author Erin Lindsey Maurer. I enjoy a good romance with a sports hero or heroine and Line Drive had a great feel to it. The story takes us in the point of views for both Ashlynn and Mattie. I loved their banter. Mattie is a great guy. He finally has things going for him, and he's caring, thinks about others and he has a decision he needs to make that many might easily walk away from with no looking back. Ashlynn is a great heroine, I love that she enjoys giving to the community. I think these two are perfect for each other I got a great feel for these characters and it was easy to relate to them, making them likable and real to me.  The secondary characters were also a treat. I found myself turning the pages, immersed in the story and wanting to know what was next for this couple.  I can't wait to see where the author goes with the Philadelphia Liberty series, and hopefully get a peek on how Ashlynn and Mattie are doing, too.  I recommend this story to fans of contemporary romance that enjoy a bit of sports mixed in, along with a good emotionally engaging book. 

Author Info  
Erin Lindsey Maurer grew up surrounded by stories. She made up stories about well everything and often got caught reading under her covers with a flashlight. Today, she is still cooking up tales, with a spicier spin. Line Drive is the first title in her Philadelphia Liberty series, celebrating the boys of baseball and the women they love. 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spotlight: The Price of Love

Two short months before graduating high school, Kendall Jones’ world is ripped apart at the seams. A stranger rescues her from a near brutal attack, but is unable to save her parents from death. Eight years later, Kendall moves to New York, hoping to put her past behind her, and once again finds herself in need of rescue.

Tristan Price saves the life of a young woman, who then haunts his dreams for eight long years. When she literally falls at his feet, Tristan decides that he will protect her, no matter what the cost. When her past comes back to threaten her, his plan to keep her close could cost his heart.

Can Tristan save Kendall a second time, and at what cost? Can the price of love overshadow the darkness of her past?

Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a Standalone and has a HEA.

Cassy is a work at home mom where she spends her days surrounded by children running her in-home daycare. She loves to cook, read and spend her nights and weekends being a Les Mills group fitness instructor. She has been a lover of all things romance from a very early age. She hopes and dreams that everyone can receive their happy ever after. A good ol country girl at heart, she was born and raised in Arkansas and now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and three young children.

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Author Penny Lane decides to team up with fellow author Kain Brooks because she believes the collaboration will bring something refreshing and new to her humdrum life. It is at first, but what she doesn't count on is developing feelings for a man that's hundreds of miles away while continuing to struggle with the death of her fiancé, Zack. 

The newly divorced Kain is excited about the partnership and happily realizes that it may lead to much more than just a book.
However, there is a threat! A stalker's evil intentions are far more serious than either of them can ever imagine-- so serious that they may not make it long enough to discover if their feelings are genuine or just a long-distanced crush.

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“I am going to peek out the window and see if I can see anyone, Tina.”

“No, stay here with me, the guys will be here soon.”
I slip from her grip, only to have her latch on harder. We both rise up and look. About the time we feel like we are just seeing things, a thunderous noise slams against the front door. “Penny, they found us, oh my God. What are we going to do?” I try looking around for something to protect us with only seeing the fireplace tools. I grab what looks like an iron shovel and a poker. Handing one to Tina I keep the other one. Another loud boom comes from the front door, and I am sure we are in trouble. I whisper to Tina we need to run and find somewhere to hide. My heart feels like it is exploding with its rapid beats. Another slam comes to the door with a crack this time. The door is not going to hold too much longer. I can hear the hinges squeaking. Fear shoots through me with a scorching heat. Tina’s hand slaps over her mouth to prevent a scream, though it doesn’t help.
I pull Tina up.
Pound Pound
I scream for Tina to run.
I hear bolts scatter across the floor. We take off running but Tina hits the end table stumbling before she falls. Catching the candle before it falls over, I drag her behind the sofa trying to hide us both.
I can only see a shadow of a dark figure as his boots shuffle across the entryway of the door.
“We’re trapped, Tina.” I whisper. Her only response is a whimper. By now I am shaking uncontrollably. “Tina?” We need to fight him. “Okay.” I mouth to her to go around and come up behind him, while I jump him from the front. She nods in agreement. I hold my fingers up raising my fingers. One. Two. Three, and motion for her to go. I jump up facing a six-foot muscular stranger wearing a dark shirt and a mask that covers his whole face, except for his eyes and mouth. I start swinging my iron shovel.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: Ready For You is a sweet story about two people who have known each other for a year online and develop a friendship.  Penny and Kain are both successful writers, and something changes between them....they find that they are very drawn to the other..

This story is different than a lot of romances, as they don't physically meet until WAY later in the book. They have email conversations, textx, and Skype, or some kind of chat with web cams. Both have had pain in their pasts that they are trying to deal with.  I loved the banter between the two. I love their growing relationship, and Kain...oh, some of the sweet things he does! 

There's also a great mystery element to the book, but it's very secondary. We don't get much of it until midway or so through the book as well, and the ending, whoa!  

The story goes from Penny and Kain's point of view, it switches so that we get a great story line from both characters. I had a hard time putting the book down to tend to real life as I was intrigued to know how things were going to go. All in all, this is a very enjoyable read with likable characters that I felt for. Plenty of romance, a dash of mystery, and Ready For You is recommended! 


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Derinda lives in Maine. Her biggest passion is for her family and friends. She adores loving others as if it is the biggest gift life can offer. She is a read-a-holic, loves chocolate, cowboys and everyone on her Young Adult & Teen Readers Facebook page. Her dream is to travel to Australia one day.
"I am nothing but simple. I do a lot of volunteer work. I have 2 beautiful daughters. 4 grandchildren, that constantly ask me if I lived in the black & white days.
My inspiration would be my daughters. Rita for her strength to keep fighting and constantly try to take care of me. Even though sometimes she can't get out of the bed. Kayla, for helping pick up
all the pieces that seem to fall, when times get rough. And the love they have for me."
Madison Daniel

Music is LIFE and the written word is our SOUL. Music and writing have been my true ambition since I was a child. I have used music in every form possible; writing it, performing it, healing with it, etc. I call it my "life's soundtrack." I have always written in some form; from comic books to screenplays to short stories and now the new series "Ember." I have found a true passion for my stories and characters and am eager to share them with the world. See you on the next book tour...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Kissing The Maid Of Honor

Kissing the Maid of Honor
A Secret Wishes Novel
By: Robin Bielman
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Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.
As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?

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Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry (named after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books). When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

A Questionable Friendship

Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small café and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself.
A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.

Excerpt: I lay in bed by myself that night, as Trent said he still had some reports to look at. I flipped onto my stomach, my favorite sleeping position, and tried to will myself to sleep. But my mind wouldn’t shut off. I flashed to the papers I found in Trent’s desk last night, purely on accident. I had never thought to snoop on my husband of two years. I was trying to find our tax returns from last year to give to the accountant, as we were severely behind and the April deadline was just around the corner. I had tried calling Trent to see where they were, but his phone was going to straight to voicemail. I knew he was driving home and sometimes his service cut in and out, so I didn’t think anything of it. I decided to find the papers myself, mostly out of boredom and the need to do something.
                Trent’s office in our 2200 square foot ranch home was on the first floor, all the way to the east. I rarely ventured in there as I had no reason too, only popping in when Trent was working. It felt a little foreign being there, but I sat at his desk chair and looked around me. His desk wasn’t just some shoddy little thing tucked into the corner, no, the desk ran almost the full length of the wall, big enough for three people to easily fit at. He had one desktop computer set up and a laptop as well, and he carried yet another laptop with him on business trips. A printer that doubled as a scanner sat on one corner, and a fax machine on another. He had multiple calendars hung up with agendas scribbled on the majority of the dates, and another smaller calendar that sat to the right of the desktop. It was opened to that date, March 14, and scribbled on there was “Petosi.” He had been in that town for the past two nights, and was due home late in the night.
                After some searching, I finally found the drawer that seemed to hold important records. Our passports were in there, our wedding license, birth certificates, and deed to the house. I found the titles to both our vehicles, but no tax information. I frowned, trying to think of another spot he would have them. I slipped all the papers back in the appropriate files and shut the drawer, and when I did, a single piece of paper had floated down to me, from somewhere at the top of the desk. I grabbed the sheet and read over the words, my eyes growing wide, then squinting as I read and re-read. My body turned cold as I sat in shock, trying to process what I had read. When I realized I’d been sitting there for probably thirty minutes doing absolutely nothing I jumped, understanding that Trent could walk through the door at any minute and find me. Then what would I say?
                Carefully, I pushed myself up and climbed onto the office chair, putting the piece of paper back where I thought it had come from. From my new vantage point, I saw the top of his desk was riddled with other papers and...a calendar. I swallowed hard as I peered closer and saw what was written in under March 13. My stomach heaving, I quickly left the office after righting the chair to its original spot, and fled to the bathroom.
                I blinked back tears in bed as I forced myself to calm my mind. Trent had some explaining to do sure, but how did I tell him what I had found? Did that really even matter in the grand scheme of things? But knowing the Trent as of lately, he would try to turn this around on me and make me look like the bad person. I squeezed my eyes shut and prayed for sleep. I just wanted to sleep, to forget about what I had found. The day had been torturous enough, trying to make everything seem like it was hunky dory and nothing out of place. And what would tomorrow bring? More questions. And next week – Trent would be gone for two weeks. Would he be going where he said he was? What was he actually doing on his trips away?
                The bedroom door opened and I saw Trent enter the room, already in just his boxers. I let my breathing become even so he would think I was asleep.
                He plugged his cell phone in and set it on the nightstand, then pulled the covers back and crawled in. I felt his cold feet touch mine and jerked involuntarily. “Are you awake?” he whispered. I could feel his erection pressing into my back, and knew what he wanted. He probably touched me on purchase.
                “Mmmph,” I mumbled, not opening my eyes.
                “Port. You awake?” he asked again, clearly not getting the hint as his hand wandered to my breast.
                I rolled away and made more sleeping noises, begging in my mind for him to leave me alone. He stayed quiet for another moment, then finally rolled the other way.
                I was off the hook – at least for one night.

Review Rating: 4.5 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: Best friends are a big part of one's life. Lifelong friends. Someone you share secrets with. Someone you can laugh, cry, and get angry at other people with. Someone who knows you, loves you, and sticks by you.

What happens when life changes? When that friendship is tested?

It's not something you really want to think about, but it happens, doesn't it?

Meet Brynne and Portland. Best friends for so long. Now, they're older, and life is taking it's toll. Each are married and adjusting to whatever life throws their way. But one is holding back, keeping things in, and it may just put a strain on that friendship.

The story is written in first person, switching from Brynne and Portland's POV. We as the reader get a big glimpse at their struggles, trials and triumphs. Samantha March pens a story with so much truth and reality to it, I found it so hard to put this down when I really needed sleep at night. I needed to know how things were going to play out. What was going to happen to this friendship? The truth of the matter is, things like this happen all too often. I could see myself and others in both of these ladies.  I think this author gets better and better with each book she writes and I'm looking forward to the future.

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Reading More Romance

When I first started my book blog Chick Lit Plus, the name spoke for itself – I was going to read and review chick lit books. As I progressed and more authors became familiar with me, I started getting requests for women’s fiction novels and new adult and YA books. I happily accepted because I am a bookworm after all, but there were a few genres I didn’t say yes to. Erotica (even after the 50 Shades of Grey outbreak), horror, and romance. Why? I just didn’t think they were my cup of tea, and why accept to review a book when I wasn’t interested in the genre as a whole? I would think an author would appreciate that!
So the years went on and I continued to stretch and grow as not only a book reviewer, but author, then publisher, and now book marketing manager with BookTrope Publishing. As my titles expanded so did my reading thirst. I started to toe the line for the romance genre. To be honest, a lot of chick lit and women’s fiction novels have a romance storyline (almost all) and some can be quite thorough, where you can almost add that chick lit/romance category to it. I started to find myself eager to read those types of books, and eventually, accepted romance genres to my TBR list. Since starting with BookTrope, my first two titles have romance in them – one is new adult romance and the other is romantic suspense, and my next three titles are all slated with romance as well. And I couldn’t be happier! I’m not sure if getting older and being more willing to expand my horizons helped me with my romance issue, my wedding in 2013 that brought out this side of me, or what the explanation is, but I’m a big fan of romance now. I’m finding romantic suspense is the genre I’m leaning towards the most, as a good dose of mystery makes this reader happy, but straight romance is okay in my book as well. Maybe someday soon I’ll expand again to include the erotica and horror genres, possibly even others that I haven’t thought much about as well – and who knows where the publishing world will take us and what the next craze will be. I’ll just keep on reading.

Author Bio:

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
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